Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.), who last year became one of the first Korean American women to win election to Congress, was sworn in on Sunday wearing a traditional Korean hanbok.
Strickland’s office said she is the first representative to wear a hanbok during her swearing-in ceremony, doing so in “honor of her maternal heritage.”
“As a woman of both Korean-American and African-American descent, it was deeply personal to wear my Hanbok, which not only symbolizes my heritage and honors my mother, but also serves as a larger testament to the crucial importance of diversity in our nation, state, and the People’s House,” the freshman lawmaker said in a statement.
Strickland made history last November when she became one of the first three Korean American women to win election to the House. […]
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